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Visit Hero-Rats At Apopo Visitors Center

Visit Hero-Rats At Apopo Visitors Center

Meet the Hero-rats which are trained to use their highly developed sense of smell to sniff out explosives up to one meter below ground. Learn about the tragic history and current status of landmines in Cambodia.

What you are gonna do

  • 01

    This morning, you will be transferred by ramork (a local form of transportation) to the APOPO visitors center, a Belgian NGO that trains Gambian Giant Rat to detect landmines by using their amazing sense of smell.
  • 02

    During this 01 hour tour, the center’s staff will brief you about the war, types of landmines, and current status of landmines in countryside of Cambodia. You then head to the simulated minefield to observe how Apopo’s staff trains the rats to find and clear land mines that are still dotted around the countryside. Because of their weight, they are not heavy enough to detonate the mines.
  • 03

    After that, visit the room where the rats live and pose for a photo with the furry rodents and their handlers. Finally, we spent some time in a showroom of landmines. Watch a video which further explained the operation of APOPO and get an informative talk on the history of mines in Cambodia. Every guided tour is led by a mine action professional with real-life experience of humanitarian demining.
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